9,862 illegal workers arrested

Updated 22 April 2016

9,862 illegal workers arrested

RIYADH: The country’s security agencies have arrested 9,862 people over the past six month in Al-Jouf for violating the country’s residency and labor regulations.
Maj. Yazeed bin Saud Al-Nomas, assistant media spokesman for the police in the region, said the security officials assisted the Labor Ministry. He said more raids would be conducted and warned that those sheltering violators face severe penalties.
He said the previous raids had involved blocking off certain areas so that illegal workers could not get away. Those arrested included workers from several counties, who are now being kept in detention centers to face legal action and deportation.
The security authorities conduct regular inspections to apprehend illegal workers to curb crimes such as theft, sorcery, and brewing liquor. According to the police, most crimes in the Kingdom are committed by illegal residents who have overstayed their visas.
The Ministry of Interior had earlier advised all illegal expatriates in the Kingdom to correct their work and residency status following the end of the amnesty period on Nov. 1, 2013 or leave the country.
Following the end of the amnesty, the authorities began to crack down on the many foreign workers who had violated their visa terms with surprise inspections on streets and in company offices.


Saudi Arabia delays May crude prices until after OPEC+ meeting

Updated 19 min 24 sec ago

Saudi Arabia delays May crude prices until after OPEC+ meeting

  • OPEC and allies are due to meet on Thursday to discuss a possible new global crude supply cut

DUBAI: Saudi Aramco will delay the release of its crude official selling prices (OSP) for May until April 10 to wait for the outcome of a meeting between OPEC and its allies regarding possible output cuts, a senior Saudi source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
"It is an unprecedented measure that has not been taken by Aramco before. May OSPs will depend on how the OPEC+ meeting concludes. We are doing what we can to make it successful, including taking this extraordinary step to delay the OSPs," the Saudi source said.
Saudi Aramco typically issues its OSPs by the 5th of each month, setting the trend for Iranian, Kuwaiti and Iraqi prices and affecting more than 12 million barrels of oil per day bound for Asia.
OPEC and allies are due to meet on Thursday to discuss a possible new global crude supply cut to end a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia which has prompted US President Donald Trump to intervene.
The Saudi source said that Riyadh wants to avoid a repeat of the outcome of a March meeting where oil talks collapsed between OPEC and allies "due to Russia's lack of cooperation with the rest of OPEC+ participants".
Coordinated cuts between OPEC members and others led by Russia expired on March 31 having helped support crude prices since they began in January 2017.
The OPEC+ meeting was initially due for Monday, but was postponed to April 9 "to allow for more time to reach out to all producers including OPEC+ and others," the Saudi source said.